With the FBI concluding their supplemental background check into Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, said no new information was found and it is time for the Senate to hold a vote.
“I’ve now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI’s supplement to Judge Kavanaugh’s background investigation. There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know,” Grassley said.
“These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations,” he continued.
Grassley: “I’ve now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI’s supplement to Judge Kavanaugh’s background investigation file. There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know.”
Says it’s time to vote on Kavanaugh: pic.twitter.com/mLDJhzyjrH
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) October 4, 2018
“It’s time for a vote. I’ll be be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” Grassley concluded.
In an attempt to have the FBI interview Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, her attorneys wrote to Grassley, saying they would be willing to hand over data and their supporting evidence if the agency conducts an interview with her.
“Dear Chairman Grassley: Regarding the documents you have requested in your letter of October 2, 2018, Dr. Ford is prepared to provide those documents to the FBI when she is interviewed. We have not yet heard from the FBI about scheduling an interview with her,” the letter read.
Grassley said it was “disappointing that Dr. Ford’s attorneys were willing to share evidence with The Washington Post many weeks ago but to this day refuse to share the same evidence.”
President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday, saying that if there were 100 background checks into Kavanaugh, Democrats would still be opposed to him:
This is now the 7th. time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh. If we made it 100, it would still not be good enough for the Obstructionist Democrats.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2018
Late Wednesday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed for cloture to end the debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“I just filed cloture on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. There will be plenty of time for Members to review and be briefed on this supplemental material before a Friday cloture vote,” McConnell tweeted.